The McWethy Program provides financial support for student scholarship in the areas of economics, business, and public policy. In addition to supporting internships and independent study projects, the McWethy Program is also committed to funding student participation in conferences and seminars that are of an academic or professional nature. Students may make presentations, participate in panels, or simply attend sessions. To obtain McWethy Program support for conference participation students need to complete an application and follow funding guidelines.


The Republican National Convention:
Kelly Oeltjenbruns '15 had an exciting opportunity to participate in the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida as part of a two-week seminar hosted by The Washington Center. During the first week she attended academic seminars offered by prominent politicians and analysts on political strategy, campaign financing and the role of the media. During the second week Kelly participated in the convention itself. She served as a stand-in for CNN, sitting in an anchor’s chair as the technical crew set up microphones, lighting and camera angles. During the convention she worked as a volunteer, providing guest services. She had the opportunity to listen to the major speeches, and analyze them with student peers. Kelly felt the experience reinforced her interest in politics. She plans to attend law school, and is considering a career in public service.

Neil McCray

Summer Seminars in Libertarian Thought:
Neil McCray '13 has had the privilege of attending two summer seminars in libertarian thought hosted by the Institute for Humane Studies. With McWethy Program funding Neil participated in the "Exploring Liberty" seminar in Washington, D.C. in 2011 and the "Liberty and Society" seminar in Philadelphia in 2012. The seminars provided students with the unique opportunity to interact with distinguished scholars in philosophy, political science, history, economics and the law. The philosophical diversity of the seminar participants stimulated lively debate and fruitful dialogue. Neil's experiences lead to two research papers regarding libertarian theory and practice, and a philosophy honors thesis based on collaborative research with a seminar lecturer.

Athgo 13

Forum on Global Innovation at the World Bank:
Four Cornell students participated in a social entrepreneurship conference hosted by Athgo International (a global non-profit) at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. in May 2013. The gathering brought together aspiring young entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries and 80 educational institutions. Participants worked in groups to develop business projects that used information and communication technologies to address global problems of poverty and environmental degradation. Keynote speakers included World Bank and United Nations experts, prominent entrepreneurs, and the president of Rwanda. Cornell was represented by juniors Tiffany Monreal (right in photo), Linh Pham (left in photo), Ben Rosen and Pradeep Swar.

Conferences, Seminars and Workshops: Student Participation Supported by the McWethy Program

  • Athgo International Global Forum, World Bank, Washington, D.C. (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013)

  • Corridor Business Journal Economic Forecast Luncheon, Cedar Rapids, IA (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)

  • Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting, Omaha, NE (2012)

  • Fair Trade Federation Conference, Milwaukee, WI (2011)

  • "Balanced Lives: Best Policies for a New Economy", University of Iowa conference, Iowa City, IA (2010)

  • Seminar on national security policy, The Washington Center, Washington, D.C. (2010)

  • Business Boot Camp, workshop at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA (2010)

  • Economic Forecast Luncheon, Booth Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, Chicago (2009, 2010)

  • "Tales from Planet Earth", environmental policy film festival, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2009)

  • SMART Economic Development Conference, Iowa Department of Economic Development, Des Moines, IA (2009)

  • Business of Healthcare Conference, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (2009)

  • Becker Brownbag Series, Becker Friedman Institute, University of Chicago, Chicago (2008)

  • "Why We Can't Wait: Reversing the Retreat on Civil Rights," academic conference, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC (2007)

To learn more about student participation in academic conferences and seminars
supported by the McWethy Program, contact the McWethy Program Associate Director.